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Beware Of Six Flags Season Ticket Giveaway

Whidbey Telecom News
Technical Support Now Available 24/7

Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month's FAQ
Where Are My Missing Facebook Messages Going?

Sites of the Month for September
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites

Two To View
A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial
How To Find YouTube Videos Tailored To Your Interests


Dear Valued Customer,

We hope you're ready to enjoy what makes September so special -- things like classes beginning, leaves changing, and footballs flying.

To add to the fall fun, we've "raked up" some timely content for this issue. It starts with a warning about a Facebook promotion that says you can "Like" and "Share" your way to free Six Flags season tickets; the claims are false. Check out the cool Pinterest pins, videos, and sites we chose for you this month. We think they'll make you smile, and in some cases, make you want to learn more.

Speaking of learning, this September issue includes a lesson on the "Other" Facebook inbox, tips for finding YouTube videos tailored to your interests, and an announcement about our new 24/7 Technical Support hours.

We think you'll find the information contained in this newsletter to be a valuable tool for enhancing your Internet experience.

Here's what's inside our September eNewsletter:

    Beware Of Six Flags Season Ticket Giveaway

  • Whidbey Telecom News
    Technical Support Now Available 24/7

    Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

  • This Month's FAQ
    Where Are My Missing Facebook Messages Going?

  • Sites of the Month
    Great Websites To Check Out In September

  • Two To View
    Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

  • Short Tutorial
    How To Find YouTube Videos Tailored To Your Interests

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team



Beware Of Six Flags Season Ticket Giveaway

You may have seen Facebook posts recently that claim Six Flags theme parks are giving away free season tickets to those who "Like" and "Share" a promotional image and click on a link to claim their prize. These claims are false. The promotion has no connection to Six Flags whatsoever and the theme parks are not giving away free season tickets. Instead, it's an attempt by online scammers to get people to "Like" and "Share" bogus promotional material and participate in survey scams.

By posing as a well-known entity and offering attractive prizes as bait, the "Like Farmers" running the scheme hope to amass a large number of "Likes" for their fake Facebook Page in a short period of time. Pages with large numbers of "Likes" can later be sold on the black market to other scammers and unscrupulous Internet marketers. The pages can then be re-purposed and used to promote dubious products and services to a wide audience or to launch other scam campaigns. They may also be used to trick users into divulging personal information by informing them that they've won a (non-existent) prize. Be wary of any Facebook post or page that promises expensive prizes in exchange for simply clicking on "Like" or "Share" and don't take action when you see them.

Go here to read the response from Six Flags to this questionable program that's using their name:



Technical Support Now Available 24/7

We're excited to announce that you can now reach our expert Technical Support Call Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week! The same technical help you've learned to trust when you need support, will now be available all day, every day, including holidays.

We've also expanded the types of services accessible to you via our Technical Support Call Center. Here's a summary of all the support services our Technical Support Reps can assist you with:

  • Email Setup & Preferences
  • Internet Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Setup
  • Free Whidbey WiFi Access
  • Web Browser Settings & Preferences
  • Hosted Web Services Support
  • Phone Line Troubleshooting
  • Spark Voice Setup & Settings
  • Alarm System Monitoring
  • Security System Troubleshooting
  • WhidbeyTV Setup & Settings
  • WhidbeyTV Troubleshooting

Please give us a call or email any time you need assistance with any of your Whidbey Telecom services.

South Whidbey 360.321.8324 | Point Roberts 360.945.8324 | Toll-Free 800.880.0886
Or email to



Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Owl Makes a Wise School Lunch

Putting On The Spritz With Lemons Or Limes

Glitter Magnets Are a Fun Craft For Kids

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started?
If so, click here.



Where Are My Missing Facebook Messages Going?

Question: I use Facebook messages a lot and I've had friends tell me they're sending me messages that I'm not getting. Is Facebook deleting or not sending some of my messages? Where are these messages going?

Answer: Not too long ago, Facebook introduced a "secret" inbox for profiles. It started as a way to separate event invites and group messages from messages your friends send. As you've noticed, messages you actually want sometimes end up in the wrong inbox.

You'll probably find the missing message in this new inbox. Fortunately, it's easy to locate. In the top bar of your Facebook profile, click the messages icon; it looks like two speech bubbles. That will take you to a window with "Inbox" and "Other" at the top. Click "Other" and you'll see the "secret" inbox.

Simply reply to the messages in this "Other" inbox and future messages from that person will appear in your regular inbox. You may want to get in the habit of checking this "Other" inbox once a week or so to make sure you don't miss more messages.



Great Sites To Check Out In September

Food For Football Fans
Here's the game plan: Rush to this site, check out the tailgating recipes for dips and appetizers, whip a few of them up in your kitchen, and score big points with your fellow football fans. Choose from Grilled Pepper Poppers, Creamy Feta-Spinach Dip, Barbeque Deviled Eggs, Cheddar Cheese Straws, and more!

Goodwill Hunting
This is the first Internet auction site created, owned, and operated by a nonprofit organization. Goodwill stories from across the country offer items for auction and revenues fund Goodwill's education, training, and job placement programs for people with disabilities. Shop for jewelry, books, toys, and more.

Explore Hidden Wonders
This is not your run-of-the-mill site. Atlas Obscura, as the name suggests, features a collection of obscure places around the world. From the Winchester Mystery House with doors to nowhere and secret passages to Insectarium of Montreal, with both live and dead insect collections and over 160,000 specimens.

Watch and Learn
TED originally stood for Technology, Entertainment, and Design but has since broadened its subject matter. If back-to-school season has you thinking about learning something new, check out the wide range of talks on this site. You'll benefit from the experiences of leading CEOs, scientists, and experts from many fields.



A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want to Miss

See A Young Dustin Hoffman
This charmingly simple 1966 VW commercial uses the small stature of Dustin Hoffman to its advantage as he shows off the roominess of the fastback sedan. It offers lots of room in the interior. And lots of room in the trunks. (That's right. There were two!)

Hair-Raising Hygiene In Space
Published on July 9, 2013, this video from astronaut Karen Nyberg on the International Space Station is a fascinating look at how a basic task changes when there's no gravity. Nyberg, an Expedition 36 Crew Member, shows how she washes her hair in space.



How To Find YouTube Videos Tailored To Your Interests

With billions of hours of video available on YouTube, how do you go about finding quality content that suits your interests? Try these strategies:

Discover Disco YouTube's "Disco" tool is a good way to find high-quality music videos because YouTube curates the playlists. Just enter the name of the artist or band you want to see more of and you'll be presented with an entire stream of relevant videos.

Try the Trends YouTube's "Trends Dashboard" gives you a quick look at what's hot by gender and across various regions and age ranges. Check it out regularly to stay up-to-speed with the latest viral videos and newsworthy footage.

Check Out Charts Visit "YouTube Charts" to see the most popular content on the site. You can view the most-liked, most-viewed, top-favorited, and even most-discussed videos within certain timeframes. There's also the ability to narrow down content by category, giving you a glimpse at the most-loved YouTube videos by subject.

Subscribe, Subscribe, Subscribe
Once you find YouTube channels you really like, click on the "Subscribe" button. You'll then be notified whenever that person uploads a new video. Also, pay attention to the "Channels for You" list on the sidebar to find other channels that relate to the one you like.


We hope you found this eNewsletter to be informative. It's one of our ways of keeping you posted on news and information about our industry and our community. Thank you for the privilege of serving you!

Best regards,

Your Whidbey Telecom Team

We have used our best efforts in collecting and preparing the information published herein. However, we do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any and all liability for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions resulted from negligence, accident, or other causes.

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